Rubby De La Rosa diagnosed with sprained UCL in elbow, could need surgery

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UPDATE: Ugh, just when you thought this season couldn’t get any worse for Dodgers fans.

The Dodgers announced following Monday’s game that Rubby De La Rosa was diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his elbow. Surgery is a possibility for the promising young right-hander.

9:08 PM: Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have placed rookie right-hander Rubby De La Rosa on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.

De La Rosa had the shortest start of his brief major league career Sunday against the Diamondbacks, giving up three runs on five hits over four innings.

Called up from the minors in May, the 21-year-old right-hander has a 3.71 ERA and 60/31 K/BB ratio over his first 60 2/3 innings in the big leagues. He is averaging 96.1 mph on his fastball this season, which leads all major-league starters.

The Dodgers aren’t going anywhere this season, so they naturally aren’t going to take any chances here. De La Rosa has already thrown 100 2/3 innings this season between the majors and minors, only 9 2/3 innings short of his previous career-high set last season, so the Dodgers were likely planning to shut him down early even before the injury.

Padres may have more interest in Dallas Keuchel than Bryce Harper

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An interesting tidbit today from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, who noted that ongoing talks between agent Scott Boras and the Padres have focused more on starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel than slugger Bryce Harper. Earlier this week, there were conflicting reports on the Padres’ level of interest in Harper — MLB Network’s Jon Heyman heard the club had not ruled out another big signing after getting Manny Machado, while Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune talked to multiple sources who believed otherwise — but any agreement between the two is looking unlikelier by the day.

As for Keuchel, Rosenthal cautions that a potential deal is still a “longshot,” especially as the team has other, cheaper options in mind. The 31-year-old southpaw turned down a qualifying offer from the Astros last year and is likely angling for something north of the five-year, $90 million contract extension he rejected from the club in 2016. He’s coming off of another solid performance in Houston, where he went 12-11 in 34 starts with a 3.74 ERA, 2.6 BB/9, 6.7 SO/9, and 3.6 fWAR through 204 2/3 innings in 2018.

While Keuchel has failed to garner substantial interest around the league this offseason, Heyman points out that the Phillies are looking to establish themselves as frontrunners for the lefty — and they’re far less likely to have hang-ups about his asking price, too.